Question: Is the music in aerobics exercise classes loud enough to cause hearing loss?

Answer: Most Americans are educated about the value of exercise to improve quality of life and overall health. Since aerobics classes and health clubs began in the 1970s and ’80s, group fitness classes have grown in popularity. These classes use music to motivate. Moderate to high-intensity classes are typically fast-paced, using louder music to create a dynamic atmosphere.

Eighty percent of centers monitored confirmed that noise — including the music, teacher’s voice, and room acoustics — exceeded the recommended allowable levels. Musicians’ earplugs can be used as hearing protection while still enabling you to hear and enjoy the music of the class. You might also try to position yourself away from the speakers and discuss options with the instructors.